The Routledge Research Companion to Landscape Architecture considers landscape architecture’s increasingly important cultural, aesthetic, and ecological role. The volume reflects topical concerns in theoretical, historical, philosophical, and practice-related research in landscape architecture – research that reflects our relationship with what has traditionally been called ‘nature’. It does so at a time when questions about the use of global resources and understanding the links between human and non-human worlds are more crucial than ever.
The twenty-five chapters of this edited collection bring together significant positions in current landscape architecture research under five broad themes – History, Sites and Heritage, City and Nature, Ethics and Sustainability, Knowledge and Practice – supplemented with a discussion of landscape architecture education. Prominent as well as up-and-coming contributors from landscape architecture and adjacent fields including Tom Avermaete, Peter Carl, Gareth Doherty, Ottmar Ette, Matthew Gandy, Christophe Girot, Anne Whiston Spirn, Ian H. Thompson and Jane Wolff seek to widen, fuel, and frame critical discussion in this growing area.
A significant contribution to landscape architecture research, this book will be beneficial not only to students and academics in landscape architecture, but also to scholars in related fields such as history, architecture, and social studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction PART I: Landscape in the Rear-view Mirror - Historicizing the Field 1. Culture, Nature: A Punkt in Space 2. Renaissance Gardens: Topicality and the Scene of Nature 3. The Birth of Landscape from the Spirit of Theory: Alexander von Humboldt’s Artistic and Scientific American Travel Journals 4. Historicizing the View from Below: Aerial Photography and the Emergence of a Social Conception of Space 5. Beyond Innocence: The Norms and Forms of Colonial Urban Landscapes PART II: The Art of Archiving Landscapes – Tools for Capturing Moving Relationships 6. Scenes from an Anthropocenic Archive 7. Transareal Excursions into Landscape of Fragility and Endurance: A Contemporary Interpretation of Alexander von Humboldt’s Mobile Science 8. Smart Nature? Views from the Cyborg Tree 9. "Cloudism": Towards a New Culture of Making Landscapes 10. The Marnas Digital Archive: Exploring Practice, Theory, and Place in Space and Time PART III: Urban Stories from a Green Planet: Green Stories from and Urban Planet 11. The Vertical and the Horizontal: Combining Ethnographic an Geographic Methods in Understanding Landscape 12. Toward a Somatology of Landscape: Anthropological Multinaturalism and the ‘Natural’ World 13. Designing Landscapes of Entanglement 14. Enlarging the Urban Orchestra: Re-thinking Current Approaches to Landscape Architecture 15. City, Nature, Infrastructure: A Brief Lexicon PART IV: Designing with the Past in the Future: Politics, Heritage and Sustainability 16. Urgent Interventions Needed at the Territorial Scale—Now More Than Ever 17. Landscape Architecture and Social Sustainability in an Age of Uncertainty: The Need for an Ethical Debate 18. Coupling Environmental and Sociocultural Sustainability for Better Design: A Case Study of Emirati Neighbourhoods and Landscape 19. Planning with Heritage: A Critical Debate Across Landscape Architecture Practice and Heritage Theory 20. The Case to Save Socialist Space: Soviet Residential Landscapes Under Threat of Extinction PART V: Philosophy of Landscape Architecture: Knowledge, Practice and Education 21. Imaginaries in Landscape Architecture 22. Whose City Is It? Public Space as Agent of Change in Marginalized Settlements in Buenos Aires 23. Khôrographos: Space-Scripting 24. Towards New Research Methodologies in Design: Shifting Inquiry Away from the Unequivocal Towards the Ambiguous 25. Conversation on Education
Ellen Braae has been Professor of Landscape Architecture Theory and Method at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, since 2009 where she heads the research group ‘Landscape Architecture and Urbanism’. She has been Visiting Professor at AHO, Norway (2010) and TU Delft, the Netherlands (2018). Her research bridges design and humanities with focus on transformation of post-industrial and welfare landscapes. This crossover is partly reflected in her recent book Beauty Redeemed. Recycling Post-Industrial Landscapes (2015), partly in her positions as Chairman of the Danish Art Council | Architecture (2018-2021) and member of the National Independent Research Council for Culture and Communication (2011-2015).
Henriette Steiner is Associate Professor at the Section for Landscape Architecture and Planning at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Her research investigates the cultural role and meaning of architecture, cities and landscapes. She is author of the book The Emergence of a Modern City: Golden Age Copenhagen 1800-1850 (2014) and has co-edited six academic volumes, including Architecture and Control (2018). She obtained her PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 2008 and afterwards held a position as Research Associate in the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich in Switzerland for five years.